Doodle has been doing karate for about 2 months now. I've been diligently bringing him twice a week, dropping him off (for my lovely 45 minute break) and then picking him up, making sure he behaved himself and moving on.
And as the weeks have progressed I have seen him do various moves, use words I've never heard (like kee-eye and a few others) and basically get involved in something that is pretty foreign to me. It's not like dance where although you don't know the intricacies, but you get the general concept, you've seen some ballets, and have most likely taken a few classes. It's a whole new discipline to me. So, when one of the other moms from the class asked me if I'd be interested in trying it out myself I decided to give it a try.
It was unbelievably hard. The warm-up (WARM-UP!) was brutal. I was huffing and puffing through a lot of it. People were doing the splits. I was amazed.
And then the class started. My friend and I split off from the group and worked with a different teacher because we were new. She took us through some blocks. And it was not easy. But I liked it. In a weird way it reminded me of yoga - the fluidity and the working at your own pace, etc. It was also a completely unusual dynamic having people who had never done it in the class with black belts.
And I liked the people. Like really really liked them. It wasn't like a fitness class where no one really cares if you come back or not. It was more like a social setting where everyone wants to encourage you and tell you that you're great. Everyone was smiling.
I didn't want to leave.
And what's not to love about workout clothes being baggy and lo0se-fitting so that when you see yourself in the mirror you're not looking at your physical flaws you're looking at your moves.
But, I'm still on the fence about joining. Here's why. There's a huge commitment involved. You are trying for different belts and going to classes. I keep thinking that I'll get into it and then have to go back to work. Since the classes are at 6:15 on 2 weeknights (one of which I'm already busy on) I'm not sure how I would do it. But, that's months away - and maybe something like this would be good for me.
So I'm going to think about it a little more and maybe go back and sign up. We'll see.